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The SNP’s second referendum strategy won’t work

Scots won't go for independence at any cost

By John McTernan  

Prime Minister Theresa May ©Andrew Milligan PA Archive/PA Images

It is reported that No. 10 is concerned about the possibility of Nicola Sturgeon announcing a second Scottish independence referendum at the same time that Theresa May triggers Article 50. Indeed, today Sturgeon told May that she has a “cast-iron mandate” to call one. Together with the looming prospect of direct rule being re-imposed in Northern Ireland this does look like a terrifying constitutional trifecta. Does the government really need to worry, though?

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